Even though the Switch has dominated the headlines for Nintendo, so it was still possible on the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U in the eShop games – partly there were also Sales. But that will end in just under a year, as Nintendo has announced now.

Nintendo soon closes digital stores for Wii U and 3DS

On Twitter, Nintendo shared the bad news that the digital stores will be closed very soon:

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When are the shops go offline? On both platforms (3DS and Wii U) the digital doors are closed forever at the end of March 2023. This means that you can not complete purchases from the date.

You keep access to the games: Even if you can not buy anything new, it is also possible to download the games you have. That’s why it makes sense to secure yourself again some of the highlights at a small price.

Important note : There are games on the following lists that have received a retail version in certain countries. Since the Wii U and the 3DS but have a region lock regularly, we assume that you can only play the games with a European device.

The highlight at the Wii U: Dr. Luigi

It’s about it : in Dr. Ing. Luigi are the holiday representation for Dr. med. Mario. It is still around the classic puzzle principle where your colored virus has to connect to pills, allowing you to resolve yourself. Did you defeat all viruses, the level is made. Dr. Luigi appeared exclusively digitally on the Wii u and was part of the Luigi year, a special event that has held Nintendo 2013.

Other Wii U games that will soon be gone:

  • Affordable Space Adventures
  • Amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights
  • Devil’s Third (the retail version is twice as expensive)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping stars
  • Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • Pokémon Battle Troze
  • Pokémon Rumble U
  • Pullblox World
  • Star Fox Guard

The highlight on the 3DS: Shin Megami Tensei 4

It’s about it : RPG fans have received a whole series of fantastic games anyway on the 3DS. But Shin Megami Tensei 4 is still one of the best for many. As in the other parts, you also navigate here by an apocalypse, collects monster and fuses them to get more and more. In Europe, the game has only appeared digitally.

More 3DS games that will soon be gone:

  • Boxboy series
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western
  • Guild 01 and Guild 02
  • Harmoknight

20+ Wii U & 3DS eShop Games You NEED to Buy Before They're Gone Forever!
* Hydroventure: Spin Cycle
* Nintendo Pocket Football Club
* Picross series
* Pokémon Rumble World
* Pokémon Shuffle
* Pullblox series

If you do not care about all these games, you might be 2022 maybe these games on the switch more irritate more:

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What about the virtual console? Both on the Wii U and the 3DS there are some virtual console games that exist only on the two platforms. Especially on the 3DS is waiting with the handheld games for Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance some classics that are not playable on the switch.

Here, especially the old Pokémon games are worth a very large recommendation. Because if you want to play the first and second generation on your 3DS, then you only have just under a year to buy the retro games.

Which game do you still have on the list that you must buy before closing?